Just yesterday we posted leaked images of both new M3 and M4, BMW have just revealed them officially online. These M siblings will debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January and will go on sale on 21st June 2014 in the UK. The two-door M4 will cost from £56,653 and the four-door M3 saloon starts from £56,175. Well, you do the math for Malaysian price.
Codenamed ‘F80’ M3 and ‘F82’ M4, both models will get a smaller engine as compared to the outgoing M3. However, they are more powerful and fuel efficient than ever. Fitted with the 425bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine mated with the dual-clutch gearbox, it is 10bhp more than the outgoing 4.0-litre naturally aspirated V8. It sprints faster as well, from 0 to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds.
The torque figures are quite impressive as well, the outgoing V8 only hit its maximum 400Nm torque at 3,900rpm, whereas the new M3 has 550Nm of torque available at just 1,800rpm. Even with all these power available at the driver’s disposal, fuel efficiency is better as well. Both cars are capable of 34mpg and emitting 194g/km of CO2, compared to 23mpg and 290g/km in the outgoing M3.
The improved acceleration is partly due to the weight loss of 80kg. The weight loss program carried out by BMW includes the usage of lightweight material like the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). CFRP material is used for its roof, strut brace under the bonnet and even the prop shaft.
What’s a M3 without a stick shift. The standard six-speed manual gearbox features an auto-blip function on downshifts. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available as an option. One exciting feature that makes all M3 fans go wild is the ‘Smokey Burnout’ mode that comes with the optional dual-clutch gearbox. BMW describes, “the Smokey Burnout function allows the driver to indulge in a degree of rear wheel spin while the car is moving at low speeds.” How cool is that!
Appearance wise, you will notice they are fitted with the famous M3 twin-stalk side mirrors. Both have a lower and wider stance thanks for the new aerodynamic bodykit. As usual, you get the M badges outside and inside the car. As for the interior, seats are racing bucket seats design which is electronically adjustable and with optional heater.
When will we see this M siblings in Malaysia? Hopefully by Q3 2014? We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, enjoy the hi-res images and videos.
BMW M3 Sedan F80
BMW M4 Coupe F82